Senior Occupational Therapy Improves Independence

caregiver assisting senior with independence
Occupational therapy for seniors brings greater independence and safety.

Occupational therapy for seniors brings greater independence and safety.

More and more seniors are making the choice to live at home during the aging process. The benefits of this choice include remaining in a familiar neighborhood and community, being surrounding by most-loved possessions, being able to live on a schedule that bests suits the senior, and remaining in a place that holds decades of memories. For these seniors, there truly is no place like home.

Helping seniors live safely at home is an important step in making aging in place a reality. Whether an older adult has been diagnosed with a chronic health condition or has recently returned home following surgery or injury, senior occupational therapy, provided by Nursing Plus of Broward, a subsidiary of Jewish Family Home Care, is here to ensure older adults live safe and independent lives at home.

How Can Occupational Therapy Help Seniors?

The goal of our professionally trained occupational therapists is to help seniors improve overall health and functionality so that they can successfully perform day-to-day activities to maintain independence, such as bathing, dressing, getting around the home, preparing meals, and more. We believe in a holistic approach to occupational therapy, looking at a senior’s physical abilities and at his or her home environment to identify anything that may impede safety or make functioning independently at home a challenge.

We begin by listening to the challenges a senior is facing and observing current functions. By making simple adjustments or modifications in how tasks around the house are completed, our occupational therapists help seniors regain functionality and independence and help them maintain a sense of purpose and pride.

In addition, we can also provide recommendations for a variety of adaptive devices such as:

  • Grabber tool to reach items
  • Specially-designed eating and drinking ware
  • Grab bars
  • Shower chairs
  • Tub benches
  • Commodes
  • Walkers
  • And much more

Occupational therapists will also help by teaching seniors exercises to increase strength and reduce the risk of injury – all in the comfort of home. These exercises are customized to meet the unique goals of each client, and when combined with Jewish Family Home Care’s in-home care services, will help to increase functionality and overall independence.

The Benefits of Occupational Therapy and In‑Home Care Services

Combining occupational therapy with our home care in Hollywood and nearby areas ensures that seniors are not only maintaining safety, but that they are also receiving the critical companionship necessary to live a full and engaged life. Our compassionate and highly-trained caregivers can assist by:

  • Encouraging engagement in favorite hobbies and interests
  • Participating in lively conversations about historic and current events
  • Playing board and card games; completing puzzles
  • Offering motivation and encouragement to engage in physician-approved exercise
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals and snacks
  • Providing transportation to medical appointments
  • And so much more

To learn more about Nursing Plus of Broward’s senior occupational therapy services and Jewish Family Home Care’s customized Sunrise home care and senior care in the surrounding communities, reach out via our online contact form or give us a call today at 954-908-5677. Our team is always available and we take pride in helping local seniors live life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.